A fire burned a closet and threatened the Mayan Hotel in El Centro's downtown before it was extinguished by city firefighters Tuesday.
The fire erupted shortly before 1:20 p.m. in a closet in the hotel at 595 State St., according to El Centro Fire Chief Charles Beard.
An individual in the hotel grabbed a fire extinguisher and managed to hold back flames as firefighters came to the scene.
Beard said by the time fire crews arrived the person in the hotel had the flames contained to the closet. Beard was unsure who the person was who fought the blaze.